WHAT IS A BANNER?
A banner is a piece of cloth suspended between two poles and often bearing a design, symbol or slogan. Banners can celebrate the seasons, holidays or bear slogans. The designs in this series of Art Tutorials celebrate summer, spring, winter and fall.
(For the first tutorial, the Summer is Fun! Banner, scroll down.)
Here are some basic supplies that you will need on hand for all the banner designs:
Yardstick iron/ironing board (optional) string
Ball point pen or marker scissors tacky glue
Dowel rods Fun Foam pencil/eraser
Poster board felt or fabric squares paper towels
*Unless indicated otherwise, all felt squares should measure 9” x 12” and all sheets of Fun Foam measure 12’ x 18”.
STUFF TO KNOW
How to copy a pattern: Trace a pattern or object by placing tracing paper on its surface and tracing the design with a pencil. Turn the tracing paper over and blacken the reverse side. Then flip the tracing paper original side up again. Lay the tracing paper on the surface you want the design to transfer on to and trace the outline of the design.
Cutting a Square:
Technique #1: Measure with a ruler the size of the square. Draw the outline of the square.
Technique #2: Hold the paper flat and bring the top right corner down to the left edge. Line up the folded edges of the paper on the left side. Cut off the extra strip of paper and unfold the square.
Holz, Loretta. Mobiles You Can Make. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company, 1965
Zubrowski, Bernie. Mobiles: Building and Experimenting with Balancing Toys. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1993.
Constantinides, Marion. Banners! (Unpublished)
Ages: 5 – 12 years
Time: ½ hour – 1 hour
White felt square 36”x 36”
Orange Fun Foam
Yellow Fun Foam
White Fun Foam
Beige Fun Foam
Turquoise Fun Foam
Black Fun Foam
1. Measure and cut the white felt to 14” x 20”. Holding the felt vertically, fold a 1” seam at the top and iron. Fold a second 1” seam and iron again. Glue. The dowel rod will go through this loop.
2. Using the patterns provided, trace and cut the sun from the yellow Fun Foam, the pail from the orange Fun Foam, the shell from the beige fun Foam, the shovel from the turquoise Fun Foam, and all four colors of Fun Foam for the ball. Finally, cut the sunglasses from the black Fun Foam. Glue the pieces down.
3. Take a small amount of moss and glue it on the top of the pail. Press down firmly while it dries.
4. Use a black marker to draw the sun’s cheeks, smile and nose. Sketch a few lines on the shell to make it look three-dimensional. Also, spell out “Summer Is Fun”!
5. Cut the dowel rod to about 16” x 18”. Insert through the loop at the top of the felt. Cut string to a length that is suitable for hanging. Tie the string to the ends of the dowel rod and hang.
Have a fun summer!